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2018 Prizes and Awards including Two Major New Awards

Each year a number of prizes are awarded. Most of the prize-winners are selected by the companies or individuals sponsoring the award.
We are most grateful for the continuing support of all our sponsors.


The Baltic Exchange Award £2000 for outstanding work relating to Commercial shipping

The Kenneth Denton Award £500 ror a work on the theme 'The Sea in all its Moods'.

Baltic Exchange Award

The Baltic Exchange sits at the heart of a global maritime community, providing services relied upon worldwide by market participants. Commercial shipping is a vibrant melting-pot of characters, a community drawn together from far and wide by vocation and passion. We are proud to provide this award which recognises work from artists with a focus on this compelling industry.

Value: £2000.


Sea Pictures Gallery Award: Working Relationships

For a work depicting the working side of the marine environment.

Value: £250


The Winsor and Newton Oil Prize

For a notable oil painting.

Value: £250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials to be chosen by the winner.


The R K Burt Canson and Arches Award

For a work on paper.

Value: 50 sheets of high quality artist paper.

The Kenneth Denton Award

For a work on the theme 'The Sea in all its Moods'. Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton.

Value: £500.


The Classic Boat Prize

The winner will take home a handsome, hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures, given for the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat.


The Derek Gardner 'Sea and Sky' Award

For a work on the theme 'Sea and Sky'. Given by Mary Gardner in memory of her husband, past member Derek Gardner.

Value: £150


The Artist Magazine Award

For the most deserving work, as judged by the Magazine. The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine, print and digital edition.

Value: Feature article in The Artist magazine.

The Charles Pears Award

For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. To be judged by the RSMA Selection Committee.

Value: £500.


The Topbond Marine Award

For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK.

Value: £250.


The Russell and Chapple Prize

Russell and Chapple, a specialist supplier of canvas and stretcher bars for nearly 250 years, is proud to present their prize for an outstanding work in oils or acrylics.

Value: £100 worth of canvas supplies and bar supplies.


The RSMA New Generation Award

The successful artist will receive £250 and have a dedicated page in the catalogue featuring the winning work and a short biography. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the close of submissions.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists

The Royal Society of Marine Artists

The Royal Society of Marine Artists is the focal point for much of Britain's finest contemporary marine art, and many of the country's leading marine artists are elected Members of the Society.

This country is an island nation with a proud maritime heritage. The coastline of Britain and its principal islands measures some 19,400 miles, presenting a wide variety of often spectacular scenery.

The sea is part of who we are as a nation. It is this heritage and this environment that we aim to celebrate.

Whilst much of our work is representational in the broadest sense, our styles, choice of subject matter and painting medium vary enormously. Some of our Members specialise in thoroughly researched historical subjects, others capture the thrill of modern yacht racing; some enjoy muddy creeks and quiet harbours, others find beauty in super-tankers and cargo vessels; some find inspiration on the deep sea, others explore what's under the sea.

But no matter what we paint, or in what style, no matter whether we paint en plein-air or in the studio, the sea is always our main source of inspiration.

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